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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Capnea sanguinea - Imperial Anemone

Range & Status

A rarely seen species which is found buried in sand, gravel, or mud but also on rocks and shells. It occurs from the lower shore to 600m depth. It has been recorded from the west coasts of Scotland and Wales as well as the north-east coast of Ireland. There are three older and two more recent records (1980s) for Cornwall. One of the recent records was from muddy ground, the other attached to a scallop shell.


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.